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There is no better way to welcome summer than with the queen of the summer novel, Elin Hilderbrand! Elin will introduce her first historical novel, SUMMER OF '69, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea. Elin will host a talk, reading, Q&A, and book signing, followed by an signing line. There is no limit to the number of people in the signing line, so everyone will be able to meet Elin and have their book signed!


  • Tickets are available for a signing line which includes a copy of Summer of '69 and admission to the signing line where you can meet Elin and she will personalize and sign your book. There is no limit on the number of tickets for the signing line.
  • Tickets to our main presentation and overflow space are currently sold out.
  • We want to thank Elin's fans for your support! She is truly something special, and we can't wait for her event here at An Unlikely Story.

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby,  caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on,Martha's Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country. 

In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.


Elin Hilderbrand was born on July 17, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts. She has used her 50 years to write 23 novels and raise three children on Nantucket Island.

Event date: 
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
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